What inspired you to start burlesque?
I grew up watching old movies and the women were so glamorous and yet in control of everything. My passion growing up was singing and theater but I never quite fell in love with opera or Broadway 120% but still loved the stage and found burlesque incorporated all the theater facets like makeup, costuming, writing and choreography in a glittery fun package. After years of watching the Infernal Doll Factory grow as a savage burlesque group and loved the freedom, creativity and really pushing the envelope with subject matter and gore I was curious to try my hand but in a less intense way. My Sfriend Sammy Sutra started her own burlesque production company and asked me to perform….I only sang and did a tame fan dance but was hooked.
I was given a cd of Brazilian guitar and was really moved by the sensuality of the version of “La Paloma”
How long have you been doing burlesque?
3 or so years…
How have you changed, onstage and backstage in that time?
I am def more confident all the way around. Onstage I feel more comfortable filling up the space and off I see what just a little bit of encouragement can do for people and I really just try to build up others around me.
What tips can you give aspiring performers?
Go at your own pace/comfort level….and don’t be afraid to have a voice or just be silly.
A lot of the performers are often asked, what does your husband/boyfriend/girlfriend/etc think about this? What does your honey think?
I am most fortunate to have a supportive partner, at first it was hard to explain that I wasn’t doing burlesque to get attention…I don’t need that…they are now my biggest support system and have become my sounding board for ideas, choreo, costuming etc…also the endless parade of half naked people in the house doesn’t hurt
You are the queen of crafting…where did you learn how to do that? What’s your favorite pastie project?
I had a lot of down time not watching tv and reading books growing up and loved working on science projects or crafty projects but didn’t always have the supplies so I needed to be creative and always loved the planning and making something that was just in my brain into something real. I haven’t quite found the crafty thing I am super talented at yet so I experiment a lot.
My favorite pastie project would have to be a set of Conan pasties because it was one of the first ones outside of my wheelhouse and gave me the encouragement to go for it, also my Tits of Doom pasties were super fun to make bc they were pretty much perfect in design and execution and took a lot of careful planning to get them just right.
What’s been your most memorable onstage moment?
Performing with the talents of Indigo and Jada Bella
What’s your favorite part of burlesque?
The free reign of creativity and the pro people aspect
Are there any parts of burlesque you loathe?
Sewing snaps…they are so effective but a pain!
If you could time travel with no consequences, where and when would you go?
Probably ancient Greece during the birth of logical thought
If you could have lunch with any three people, past or present, who would you pick?
Richard Branson, Nikola Tesla, Mae West
If you could have dessert with any three people, past or present, who would you choose?
SARK, Doe Deer, Julia Childs
What is your perfect Jeopardy board (6 topics that you’d kick ass in)?
Anatomy, Physiology, Cat Body Language, Ways to Injure Yourself, Road Trip Packing, Perfect Nap Environments, Time Waste
Would you prefer to fly or be invisible? Why?
Fly…I have friends all over the globe I would love to see whenever I want
If you could describe your essence as a flavor of ice cream, what flavor would you be?
Raspberry Chocolate…sweet, tart and bad for you